Thursday, 25 August 2016

ScotlandsPeople Centre remains closed

Another update from the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh (

Following a recent problem at one of our buildings we continue to experience technical difficulties at our ScotlandsPeople search rooms. These will remain closed today and Friday 26 August so please check back before travelling.

The SFHS (Scottish Family History Service) network and some other users are also affected. We’re working hard to resolve the problems and restore services and will continue to provide updates here and at our Twitter account, @natrecordsscot. Our online services and the historical and legal search rooms remain unaffected.

COMMENT: The Scottish Family History Service network essentially means all the centres across Scotland that are connected to the ScotlandsPeople database, so there will be problems at Glasgow, Hawick, Inverness, etc. I've read a few tweets and Facebook messages today from folk who will be affected - this is not a great advert for all the tourists making their way here to use the service, here's hoping it gets resolved quickly.


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